These feelings charts help kids identify emotions and develop social-emotional skills. They’re suitable for kids in Pre-K, Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade or children with special needs.
Emotions Charts for Kids
It took me a while to work out exactly which feelings to include in these posters. In the end I decided to include a comprehensive set of emotions charts that help kids explore thirty different emotions!
Preparation – Start by choosing the posters and flash cards that are the most relevant to your students. Next print and laminate them for added durability.
Daily Feelings Check In
The following posters can be displayed in your classroom or used during class discussions. I’ve sorted the emotions into three different charts. The first one focuses on basic emotions such as happy, sad, scared and angry. Then the other two start to introduce more complex emotions.
These are really useful for the kids to refer to when they are “checking in” and learning to identify how they are feeling.
How to Teach Feelings to Kids
Personally, I feel the best way to teach kids about feelings is in an everyday context. I do this by observing how a child is feeling and then helping them name that feeling. For example, if a child’s tower keeps falling over and they’re getting annoyed, I’d say something like “It looks like you feel frustrated.” Then I’d support them to work through that feeling. Naming feelings helps kids learn to make sense of how they feel.
I also love using posters and flash cards to teach kids explicitly about feelings. In this case, I’d choose a feeling such as happy. Then I’d show the kids what a “happy” face looks like. Then I’d encourage kids to act out the feeling or think about a time when they felt happy. Wherever possible, get kids to connect feelings to real world experiences!
Sets of Emotions Posters and Flash Cards
I designed five sets of emotions charts for kids by grouping similar feelings (where possible) together. You can check these out below. For example, the green charts relate to feeling good and the blue charts relate to feeling down.
I hope you find these resources helpful for teaching feelings and emotions. You can learn more about them below.